9.4/10
379
2 user

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (1977)

The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis (original title)
Jane Fonda hosts the AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony honoring Bette Davis featuring clips from her films and the reminiscences of many co-workers.
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story deals with Gloria Vanderbilt's difficult coming-of-age when, at eleven, she was a pawn in a custody battle between her sybaritic mother and her aunt.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, Maureen Stapleton, Martin Balsam
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An elderly widow must find meaning and activity in her life when her son suggests she is no longer capable of handling her own affairs.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Bette Davis, Penny Fuller, Christopher Guest
Family Reunion (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher and matriarch of a problematic family who desperately tries to keep her family together, after many years they separated from each other. While she's... See full summary »

Director: Fielder Cook
Stars: Bette Davis, J. Ashley Hyman, David Huddleston
Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Ted Bessell, Bette Davis, Sian Barbara Allen
Skyward (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Bette Davis, Howard Hesseman, Marion Ross
Hello Mother, Goodbye! (TV Movie 1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A successful engineer tires of his high-tension job and quits to start his own mail-order company, much to his mother's consternation.

Director: Peter H. Hunt
Stars: Bette Davis, Kenneth Mars
Right of Way (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A dying woman and her husband agree to a joint-suicide pact, whether others like it or not.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Bette Davis, James Stewart, Melinda Dillon
White Mama (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper
Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Harden Jr., Eileen Heckart
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Stars: Joan Collins, Bette Davis, Patti Davis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Stars: Bette Davis
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Herself - Honoree
Olivia de Havilland ... Herself
Peter Falk ... Himself
Mia Farrow ... Herself
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Herself
Henry Fonda ... Himself
Jane Fonda ... Herself - Host
Lee Grant ... Herself
Lillian Hellman ... Herself - Audience Member
Paul Henreid ... Himself
Celeste Holm ... Herself
Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... Himself
Martin Manulis Martin Manulis ... Himself
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
George Stevens Jr. ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

On March 1, 1977, Bette Davis became the first woman recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Host Jane Fonda reminded Bette that it was her birth that made it necessary for Bette to recite her lines to a stand-in rather than to Henry Fonda in "Jezebel;" and Olivia de Havilland good-naturedly complained that Bette "got all the roles I always wanted." Also on hand were mentor-director William Wyler, Mia Farrow, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Lee Grant, Paul Henreid, Celeste Holm, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Martin Manulis, Liza Minnelli, George Stevens Jr., Cicely Tyson, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. Film clips included "Of Human Bondage," "Dangerous," "Jezebel," "Dark Victory," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," "The Letter," "The Little Foxes," "Now, Voyager," "Mr. Skeffington," "Beyond the Forest," "All About Eve," and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The AFI Salute to Bette Davis See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bette Davis was the fifth recipient of the AFI Award and the first woman to be selected as an honoree. See more »

Quotes

Bette Davis: [Concluding her acceptance speech to the audience] I'd like to kiss yuh, but I just washed my hair.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Grand Night For A Legend
5 February 2006 | by nnepreviloSee all my reviews

This was a wonderful tribute to Bette Davis, who arrived beaming and looking every inch, THE STAR. I was fortunate to see the show in a rebroadcast on American Movie Classics, I think, or was it PBS? I popped a cassette into my VCR and now I have a great copy. I cherish all the wonderful film clips and comments of all who attended. This is a treasure.

I think this can be purchased from The American Film Institute. I bought the James Cagney tribute directly from them several years ago.

I have long wanted the AFI to honor Doris Day. They wrote me back and informed me that they had offered to honor Miss Day several times, but she declined.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed